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Monday, November 1, 2010

Faithful...Review

About the book:
Three life-long friends experience life-altering struggles. Will they find the strength to be faithful to the covenants they've made with God...and each other? Cydney Sanders thought she knew God's plan for her life. She'd marry, have kids, and then snap her body back into shape with Tae Bo. But she's celebrating her fortieth birthday as the maid of honor at her little sister's wedding . . . and still single. 

Why would God give her this desire to marry, but no husband? And why is her life suddenly complicated by the best man-who's the opposite of what she wants in a husband? 

Cydney's best friend Dana has the perfect marriage. But when Dana discovers her husband's affair, her world goes into a tailspin. And Phyllis is out of hope after six years of unanswered prayers for her husband to find faith. When she runs into an old friend who is the Christian man she longs for, she's faced with an overwhelming choice.   

With life falling apart around them, can they trust God like never before?

Three life-long friends find their lives unraveling and their faith in God tested. Cyd, Phyllis and Dana are likeable women you really come to care about and root for their success.  Stephanie, not so much, but she does grow up a bit at the end.  I can't say I ever really liked Cedric, but he too redeems himself at the end.  When Dana discovers Scott's affair, you can completely sympathize with her pain.

The theme of friendship is strong here and I think that having girlfriends is an integral part of a woman's life.  We need other women to lean on and to share with, in good times as well as difficult times.

Kim Cash Tate explores the theme of faithfulness:  being faithful to our spouses, and being faithful to God and our beliefs.  The characters explore this theme in bible study groups and while it gets a bit preachy, it's also thought-provoking.  I also appreciated that modesty was recognized as being important.  Premarital sex is portrayed as being wrong and against bible teachings, which was encouraging.  So many African-American Christian novels portray premarital sex as no big deal and having no consequences.  To have a woman who not only makes the decision to refrain from sex until marriage, but sticks to that decision is refreshing.

The story wraps up a bit neatly, but it's an enjoyable, thought-provoking novel and one that is easily recommended.

Thanks to Jennifer Funck of C. Grant & Company and Thomas Nelson Publishers for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Kim Cash Tate here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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